Admissions

Changes to school admission appeals due to Coronavirus

New guidance has been published and is in force from 24 April to 31 Jan 2021

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/admission-appeals-for-school-places/coronavirus-covid-19-school-admission-appeals

Pre-school provision

We have close links with Uplyme Pre-school. This is held daily in Uplyme village hall. Children transferring to the Reception class at Mrs Ethelston's have the opportunity to attend Mrs Ethelston's school every Thursday morning for 2 terms before they start school. However, attendance at Uplyme pre-school does not establish a priority for a place at Mrs Ethelston's school.

For further details please contact www.uplymepreschool.co.uk

Entry into Reception

Parents will need to complete a Common Application form from the home Local Authority for admission to Primary School.  For Devon residents, this is the D-CAF1, available from www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline by using the forms available at http://devon.cc/applicationforms or by calling 0845 155 1019.  Dorset residents should contact www.dorsetforyou.com/schooladmissions

Note that the admission limit set by the Governors for September 2022 is 25.

Entry to Secondary school

Children from Mrs Ethelston's usually transfer to the Woodroffe School, as we are a feeder school, although some children transfer to Colyton Grammar School or The Axe Valley Community College. We have very close links with Woodroffe and a full transition programme takes place during Year 6. Parents will need to complete a Common Application form from the local authority for transfer to Secondary School. For Devon residents, this is the D-CAF3, available from http://www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline or by calling 0845 155 1019.  Dorset residents should contact www.dorsetforyou.com/schooladmissions.

Please see our admissions policy for full details regarding admissions in year as well as the normal admissions times.

Contact details for individual schools

In Year Admissions

If you are planning to move your child during the year then all applications must be made in line with Devon LA's In Year co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. Further information and application forms are available from the school or the Local Authority admissions team (0845 1551019).

We welcome visits from prospective parents. Please contact the school office to arrange a convenient time.

Admission Limits Academic Year 2021/22 From September 2021

Year Group

Admission Limit

R

30

1

25

2

25

3

30

4

25

5

30

6

25

All in year applications must be made in line with Devon's In-Year Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme.

The Governors will usually accept applications for children to join the school in-year up to the advertised admission limit for the Year Group for that Academic Year.  The Devon Fair Access In-Year Protocol may be applied.

The Governors can change the advertised admission limits at any time to reflect changes in circumstances at the school.

At any time there will be 3 classes of 30 and 4 classes of 25 to maintain flexibility to move year groups round in a building that has so many constraints in terms of size, space and access. 3 classrooms within the school are classified as small by the DFE and are only able to accommodate up to a maximum of 25 children. There are 3 classrooms where the space available meets DFE recommendations for a standard classroom of 30. The final classroom is always allocated for the Reception class as it is the only one with access to outside space as required by the national curriculum. Other limiting factors are the lack of a school hall for dining, PE and whole school gatherings, lack of an ICT suite, limited shared learning spaces, the small size of the playground necessitating split breaks, and the lack of playing fields.

All applications received on a particular day will be considered on the next school day. If there are more applications for a year group than there are spaces available, then the applications will be ranked in order of the oversubscription criteria in the Admissions Policy.

A waiting list will be kept by the Local Authority for each Year Group. Waiting lists will be kept in order of the oversubscription criteria in the admissions policy (see links below). Places on lists will not be prioritised according to how long a child's name has been on the list.

Admission Appeals

If your application for admission is unsuccessful, you have a statutory right of appeal to an Appeals Panel which is independent of the school. If you have not been sent appeal papers with the decision letter refusing your application for admission, you can request a form from the School Admissions Team. You then have no less than 20 school days to return the papers, together with any supporting evidence you wish to include. You do not have to wait for this period of time before submission.

Any appeal for a place here may be subject to Key Stage One or Infant Class Size Legislation; a more limited form of appeal. This is the legal maximum number of children allowed in a Key Stage One class with one qualified teacher. There are very limited exceptions which would allow a school to exceed 30 children in a Key Stage One class.

The Clerk to the Independent Appeals Panel will give you at least 10 days’ notice of the date when your appeal will be heard. You will also be told when you should submit any further information you would like to be considered. You will receive evidence on behalf of the school before the appeal hearing.

After appeals are heard, decision letters should be sent within five school days; you will be able to find out the outcome by telephone before then.

Please click the link below for the Devon County Admissions Appeals Timetable. 

For further information on the appeals process, parents can contact the school office or the Clerk to the Appeals Panel.

Devon County Admissions Appeals Timetable

Admissions Policies

Devon County Council Admission Arrangements & Policies

The following amendments were made in August 2021 to the determined policy for 2021-22 to comply with the revised School Admissions Code 2021: priority for children adopted from state care outside England was added to oversubscription criterion 1; wording added to reflect that decisions on in-year admissions must be sent to a parent within 15 school days; provision added for Hard to Place children; advice added regarding applications for overseas children.

The following amendments were made in August 2021 to the determined policy for 2022-23 to comply with the revised School Admissions Code 2021: priority for children adopted from state care outside England was added to oversubscription criterion 1; wording added to reflect that decisions on in-year admissions must be sent to a parent within 15 school days; provision added for Hard to Place children; advice added regarding applications for overseas children.

2023 Proposed Mrs Ethelston's Admssions Policy

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Notice to Parents

The Trust Board of Acorn Multi Academy Trust has agreed to submit a request for a variation to be made to the Admissions arrangements for Mrs Ethelston's CE Primary Academy for 2021-22, in respect of the over-subscription criteria relating to church attendance.

The variation requested is that " In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these [admissions] arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship". 

If you need to contact the school please use the main email address, the phone will not always be monitored. uplymeoffice@acornacademy.org

Reception Open Day

08 Oct 2021

Dear Prospective Families with New Intake Children for 2022, As school admissions for the new Reception intake open from 15th November 2021 until 15th January 2022, we would like to provide an opport...

Additional Parking

21 Sep 2021

As a school, we have become very aware of the challenges that surround drop off and collection times for our school day. To help alleviate congestion, we have been running our drop off system in the b...

Community Worship

16 Sep 2021

A huge 'well done' to some of our Year 6's, who took part in the community worship at the church on Education Sunday, you all read so confidently. Thank you for representing our school!

The Wild West Day!

30 Apr 2021

Year 5 and 6 had a very exciting topic day. They dressed in their finest Wild West outfits and enjoyed taking part in lots of brilliant activities. They learnt a traditional dance, made dream catchers...

BugFest Visit

22 Apr 2021

On Thursday, we had some extremely special visitors in school. Mrs Storer organised for BugFest to join us in school and the children from Reception to Year 4 all enjoyed learning about these bugs as...

TT Rockstars Day

21 Apr 2021

The children all enjoyed a great day at school as we relaunched TT Rockstars across the school. The children all looked like amazing rock stars and robots for this special event and it was great to co...

Easter at Mrs Ethelston's

30 Mar 2021

The sun shone beautifully for our Easter day celebration in school. The children looked amazing with their Easter hats and had clearly worked very hard on their egg creations! They also enjoyed a vari...

Speed Bounce

23 Mar 2021

We all enjoyed the Speed Bounce event.  This was organised by Mrs Williamson and run by Mr Jared from Primary Sports. It was brilliant to compete in an event that everyone could enjoy and althoug...

Easter Gift

22 Mar 2021

We have had a very special delivery in school this week. The children have been gifted with a beautiful and unique handmade knitted chicken with a special treat inside. These gifts have been lovingly...

Spaceship Landing!

18 Mar 2021

An alien the Robins' have named Bll has arrived in class. We believe he may be linked to the spaceship crash at the outside garden a few ago? The children are delighted by it's appearance. Today they...